“The Ties That Bind” Gets 5 Hearts

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Cheri Crystal
Available from loveyoudivine
ISBN: 978-1-60054-412-5
November 2009

When Cyndy’s girlfriend invites her to Women’s Week in Provincetown, Massachusetts, all she expects is a fun time with other women and lots of great bedroom time with Tristan. And the home they rent with Tristan’s twin and her girlfriend is a dream. But you never know what to expect when your girlfriend is not only incredibly sexy, but also amazingly adventurous. This is one vacation that Cyndy will never forget. Cheri Crystal has written a short story that eloquently captures the depth of relationship between Cyndy and Tristan. The two main characters are a reasonably new couple and have a lot to learn about each other, and the reader learns right along with them. She doesn’t make the mistake of buttonholing her characters in their butch and femme roles, but allows them to be the full people that they are. The backdrop of all the activities of Women’s Week was also cool.

This is truly an erotic romance, and I particularly liked that the descriptions of the sexual activity between the characters starts out slowly, while we get to know Cyndy and Tristan, and builds to a more intimate (and adventurous) level as the story progresses. I always like to read about people who truly care about each other, and it doesn’t hurt that they also majorly turn each other on.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Sky
December 21, 2009


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Reader’s Comments about Risky Pursuit:

Cheri, you’ve done it again, girl.  Never ceases to amaze me how reading your tales, whether as AC’s [Author’s Challenge on radclyffe-writings@yahoogroups.com] or in Attractions of the Heart, always leaves me smiling. Such intimate dialogue, interaction, and you always deliver with touching confidentiality, and always with that signature pace–bubbly, honest, and sincere. You couldn’t resist coming back to these two, could you? So glad. Thank you for a fun romp, even if it is waaaaay higher than I’d have guts to climb! Guess inspiration is everything, huh? <vbg>~friz

Ditto, ditto, ditto!! Awesome story!! It sure lifted up my spirits today!! 🙂 ~Lara Mei

Fantastic story, Cheri! I really enjoyed it and will definitely look for Attractions of the Heart to read. Thanks for sharing this with us. ~A Reader

I loved this one, Cheri. It was wonderful to meet up with the characters twenty years on and see how their relationship had developed, settled and matured. Not unlike your writing, actually. What I like about it is the totally natural feel you bring to the characters; these people are real, solid and believable. The dialogue resonates with every-day living. I love this line in response to Lacey’s suggestion: I searched her flawless skin and brilliant blue eyes for any signs of fatigue. “Have you been working too hard? Great characters, great sequel. Loved it. ~Trish

Great story.  It was wonderful to be a part of their closeness as Lacey got ready for work.  I haven’t read the previous stories, but I didn’t feel I was missing a back-story.  This one held my attention and gave me just the right amount of detail to let me feel I knew all I needed to know. As for making love on top of a rock; I just might have to add that to my ‘to do’ list.  😉 ~Aim

Nice job, Cheri. Your writing has come on a long way since you wrote, “Reading in a Public Place.” I liked this one, especially the beginning — you set that well, and what a great idea! ~Jo

I love it Cheri. It was good to meet Sabrina and Lacey again in such a moving finale to their story.  ~Dalia

Cheri, that was an excellent story. Thank you. ~Z

Tag Line:

It’s time to celebrate Sabrina Alverez and Lacey Anderson’s twenty-first anniversary climb atop Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park. Sabrina has overridden her fear of heights to please her girlfriend, at least for this yearly excursion, but she wonders if Lacey, an adventurous park ranger, has lost her mind when she suggests they make love once they get there. What Sabrina doesn’t know is what other risky pursuits Lacey has up her sleeve.


Sabrina Alverez and Lacey Anderson are still “Climbing Rocks” in the continuation of their love story. More enamored than ever, Sabrina can’t get enough of her girlfriend and would do just about anything to make her happy. But what if Lacey’s idea of fun scares Sabrina out of her mind? Will she make it to the top of Moro Rock, ~6,725 feet above sea level, another year, only this time to have mind-blowing sex, in public?

“I’ll miss you all day long.” I pouted. “I wish you didn’t have to work weekends.”

“Me too. But you’ll have the whole day to yourself. Our anniversary is coming up soon. Why don’t you research vacation destinations to celebrate twenty-one of the best years of my life?”

“You mean our lives. Hey, we always climb Moro Rock and pop a bottle of Champagne.”

“We can do that again, but I was thinking more along the lines of something, I don’t know, more risky.”

I took a step back. Just contemplating daring feats others find exhilarating elevated my fear factor quadruple fold. “Perhaps you don’t remember how scared shitless I am of heights. Isn’t climbing somewhere shy of 6,725 feet risky enough?”

Lacey pulled me back into her embrace. “I’m so proud of you.”

“Thanks, but please don’t suggest jumping out of airplanes or hang gliding because it’s not happening in this lifetime, or ever.”

“Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of a new pursuit. What would you say to mind-blowing sex, both of us as naked as the day we were born, right there on top of old Moro Rock?”


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Title: Ask the Author: Cheri Crystal – Attractions of the Heart

Date: Friday December 18, 2009
Time: All Day
Repeats: This event repeats every day until Monday December 21, 2009.
Location: Virtual Living Room
Notes: Attractions of the Heart, a romantic collection of erotic short stories, begins with a hot date, and ends with a commitment ceremony. Enjoy a lovely meal at “Lobster Box.” Take a Caribbean vacation and plan ground rules that aren’t set in stone in “Best Friends Don’t F*ck.” How about “Going Fishing” for the ultimate hook up? Or “Taking Chances” on love when the stakes are high. Who said “Climbing Rocks,” “Dogging,” or “Trucking” couldn’t lead to sexcapades? Maybe you need an “Exercise Dyke” for the supreme workout or you wonder when designing a cookbook as a fundraiser for your softball team, “Does The Butch Come With The Recipe?” Maybe you’re ready to take a “Mile High Dare.” Whatever your tastes, Cheri Crystal offers an impressive FemErotica selection. So, have fun with “Tina in Toyland,” hire an “Escort,” say, “Me, Too,” for a three-way, win an award in “Debut,” have a “Nightcap,” or try “Keeping Up With Hornelia,” but don’t miss “Seeing It Through.”

For critically acclaimed, “funny, charming stories,” “crisp writing,” “frank sexuality,” and “top of the line female eroticism,” Cheri Crystal’s Attractions of the Heart has something for everyone.

Cheri Crystal reviews lesbian fiction when she’s not busy spending time with her family, working in healthcare, and writing her own lesbian adventures and erotic romances. She enjoys all types of intellectual and physical activities and considers herself lucky that she can immerse herself in the literary community at every spare opportunity. Cheri has many published stories in anthologies and online with www.loveyoudivine.com. She’s written two novels and is working on a third that she hopes to one day publish. Her first solo anthology, Attractions of the Heart, came out October 4, 2009 and will be launched in Provincetown during Women’s Week. It has her brimming with excitement, pride and joy. Visit Cheri’s Website: http://www.chericrystal.com or Contact her at cherilynn5@verizon.net She’d love to hear from you.

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